Eric ,man you are right buddy I slept for 8 hrs last night for the first time in months & I'm still tired.......LOL
Yeah, Dan, I was in a pretty good pickle the following day...had to work about 10 hours after I had it pulled and ate my fill...that was just a wee bit rough on my ol' bones.Do you think by brine'in it that could of added to the extended pit time ?
I really didn't think think about that factor myself...I guess it could add some time...mine was just vac packed without any solution added, I dry rubbed it and immediately hit the smoke.
If you really like a crusted bark, the foil steam pan might not be for you, as the bark gets softened alot during brasing. But, the benefit is reduced time in the smoker, just as with ribs. I've spent 6-7 hours getting untrimmed unfoiled spares done...I can knock 60-90 minutes off by brasing, so about 15-20% or more time saved.
Just a thought for ya here, if you really, really love that bark, maybe foil it up at 170* I/T, then put back on a bare grate after it hits 197~200* and finish the I/T while you reset the bark. It may cut down on the 170-200* build time quite a bit. The last three trimmed and seperated briskets I've done took about 90 minutes from 170 to 195* while brasing...pretty fast.
I might actually try the foiled, then unfoil to finish on my next butt just to see if it would do the same job on the bark as it does on ribs...I'm sure it would. The hurdle would be to get it back out of the foil before it starts to fall apart.
Good luck on the next one, but, I'd definately take a breather and do some shorter smokes first...that'll give you some time to regroup and decide exactly what you want to do with it.
Good smokes to ya!